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Dyslexia: scientists claim cause of condition may lie in the eyes

In people with the condition, light receptor cells are arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may confuse the brain French scientists claim they may have found a physiological, and seemingly treatable, cause for dyslexia hidden in tiny light-receptor cells in the human eye. In people with the condition, the cells were arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may be to blame for confusing the brain by producing mirror images, the co-authors wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. In non-dyslexic people, the cells…

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Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist

Daphne Caruana Galizia, a blogger whose investigations focused on corruption, was described as a one-woman WikiLeaks The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home. Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday afternoon when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the vehicle into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field. A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the countrys newspapers,…

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Yemen’s cholera outbreak now the worst in history as millionth case looms

Experts predict fastest-spreading cholera epidemic since records began will affect at least 1 million people by turn of year, including at least 600,000 children The cholera epidemic in Yemen has become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in modern history, with a million cases expected by the end of the year and at least 600,000 children likely to be affected. The World Health Organization has reported more than 815,000 suspected cases of the disease in Yemen and 2,156 deaths. About 4,000 suspected cases are being reported daily, more…

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James Van Der Beek says he was sexually harassed by ‘older, powerful men’

Dawsons Creek star says he was groped and the victim of inappropriate sexual conversations, as he voices support for women who have spoken out against Harvey Weinstein James Van Der Beek has revealed his own experiences of sexual harassment at the hands of older, powerful men in Hollywood, as the allegations around a writers hotel-room experience with a powerful man. The former Dawsons Creek actor went on to recount his own personal experience of abuse, though he did not name names. Ive had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men,…

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Donna Karan defends Harvey Weinstein: ‘Are women asking for it?’

Fashion designer praises producer accused of harassment and suggests women presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality are asking for trouble Fashion designer Donna Karan has come to the defence of film producer Harvey Weinstein by praising the movie mogul and saying women who dress sensually are asking for trouble. Weinsteins alleged conduct has been He was fired by the board of the Weinstein Company on Sunday after it learned of new information about his behaviour. The producer had been on a leave of absence after the Daily Mail…

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Too many have died in Afghanistan already. Trump must not draw us back | Owen Jones

Too much blood has already been spilled in a conflict that the west cannot win, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones The test of any professed opposition to Donald Trump is what response is forthcoming when he starts dropping bombs or sending soldiers to die. There were those who spoke in grave tones about Trumps threat to world peace even implying he was an American Hitler but got teary-eyed as soon as he sent missiles hurtling unveiled plans to send more American soldiers to the graveyard of Afghanistan and he wants…

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I am the woman in the ‘racist Dove ad’. I am not a victim

When Dove offered me the chance to be the face of a new body wash campaign, I jumped. I had no idea I would become the unwitting poster child for racist advertising From a very young age, Ive been told, Youre so pretty for a dark-skinned girl. I am a Nigerian woman, born in London and raised in Atlanta. Ive grown up very aware of societys opinion that dark-skinned people, especially women, would look better if our skin were lighter. I know that the beauty industry has fueled this opinion…

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Bob Corker: White House is ‘adult day care center’ and Trump may start WWIII

Trump blasts chair of Senate foreign relations committee over Iran and endorsement begging as Corker warns Trumps threats risk global conflict Donald Trumps fractious relationship with the Republican establishment reached a bizarre new level on Sunday when Senator Bob Corker described the White House as an adult day care center and warned that the president risked setting the US on the path to World War III. An extraordinary exchange between Trump and the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee began when Trump accused Corker, who is retiring, of not…

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Iceland PM sold bank assets hours before financial crash, leaks show

Exclusive: Bjarni Benediktsson, current Iceland leader, sold millions of krna of Glitnir assets before state took control in 2008 The current prime minister of Iceland sold almost all his remaining assets in a major Icelandic banks investment fund on the day the government seized control of the countrys collapsing financial sector at the peak of the 2008 crash. According to leaked documents, Bjarni Benediktsson, then an MP on the parliaments economy and tax committee, sold several million krna of assets in the Glitnir banks fund in the final days and…

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Rex Tillerson says he won’t quit but doesn’t deny calling Trump a ‘moron’

US secretary of state pledges loyalty to the president and shrugs off report he called Trump a moron in White House meeting as petty nonsense The US secretary of state, on NBC News on Wednesday morning that he had derided Trump as a moron in a meeting of White House national security officials and members of the cabinet. Instead, he shrugged off the report as petty nonsense and issued a stream of praise for the president. He loves his country. He puts America and Americans first. Hes smart. He demands…

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Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of Freedom of the City of Oxford

Councils removal of honour is latest by a British institution over her apparent defence of Myanmars treatment of Rohingya Aung San Suu Kyi is to be stripped of the Freedom of the City of Oxford, where she studied as an undergraduate, over her response to the Rohingya crisis. Oxford city council voted unanimously to support a cross-party motion that said it was no longer appropriate to celebrate the de facto leader of Myanmar. The council is to hold a special meeting to confirm the honours removal on 27 November. The…

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Nobel prize in physics awarded for discovery of gravitational waves

825,000 prize awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne for their work on Ligo experiment which was able to detect ripples in the fabric of spacetime Three American physicists have won the Nobel prize in physics for the first observations of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were anticipated by gravitational waves triggered by the violent merger of two black holes a billion light years away. Prof Olga Botner, a member of the Nobel committee for physics, described this as a discovery that shook the…

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Exclusive: footage shows young elephants being captured in Zimbabwe for Chinese zoos

Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away The Guardian has been given exclusive footage which shows the capture of young, wild elephants in Zimbabwe in preparation, it is believed, for their legal sale to Chinese zoos. In the early morning of 8 August, five elephants were caught in Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks). These captures are usually kept as secret as possible. The Guardian understands that in this case the usual…

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Monarch Airlines collapse: UKs biggest peacetime repatriation under way

Civil Aviation Authority says it is taking action to get 110,000 people back to UK, with 300,000 future bookings cancelled The UKs biggest peacetime repatriation is under way after Show Hide What happens with Monarch Airlines now? Monarch hasgone into administration after failing to gain a renewal of its Air Travel Organisers Licence(Atol) from the Civil Aviation Authority. This meant it was no longer able to sellAtol-protectedholidays from midnight on Monday and, accordingly, it announced it had appointed KPMG as liquidators. The CAA hastaken over Monarch’s websiteand the Department for…

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Saudi Arabia to allow women to obtain driving licences

King Salman ordered the reform in a royal decree delivered on Tuesday night, requesting that drivers licences be issued to women who wanted them Women in women being allowed into a sports stadium for the first time. It is the most significant change yet to a rigidly conservative social order in Saudi Arabia that has strictly demarcated gender roles, and severely limits the role of women in public life. Earlier this month, a Saudi cleric was behind the wheel on the countrys roads were briefly arrested by police. In response…

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